" 'Oh, please let's not explain too much,' the title of one of the knockout poems in Angela Kelly's riveting first collection, could be the mantra for most of the book. There is loss, anger, pain, disappointment, betrayal, and in rare, long-hoped-for moments, tenderness and vulnerability, and, yes, even love. But there is no explaining. Kelly's poems sit there on the glass shelf of the page, faceted as crystal: intact they are lovely; in pieces, they can be deadly. Like salt, you can rub them into wounds. Or you can use them to season what gives you sustenance. 'Stay vigilant,' Kelly writes, 'the grass will always grow.' Pay attention to this poet. She'll show you the ordinary is anything but."
Anita Skeen, author of The Resurrection of the Animals
"I've been jealous of Angela Kelly's wise, flirty, smart-mouthed poems since she won our chapbook prize, hands down, more than a decade ago. Voodoo for the Other Woman is long overdue but worth the wait. From the hexes and vexations of the title poem all the way through to the cheesy seduction of the last cowboy bar, this book is a journey that hurts so good. The poems are tough, knowing, sensual, disappointed, vindicated, regretful, painfully funnythey're not afraid of a romp in the hay or roll in the mud, whatever. The writing's wired, the mojo strong. Sit back, surrender, and enjoy."
Gaylord Brewer, editor, Poems & Plays
In this collection of largely narrative poems about relationships, a narrator offers glimpses of her parents' hardscrabble marriage in the Appalachia of the 1960s, her own coming of age in the 1970s, and her young marriage and its subsequent unraveling in the 1980s. In the aftermath and in the more current decades, new relationships emerge and others are resolved.
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About the Author
Angela Kelly is the author of four chapbooks: Post Script from the House of Dreams (Stepping Stone Press, 2006), Weighing the Body Back Down (Middle Tennessee State University, 1996), those banded and coherent (Pudding House Publications, 1994), and Being the Camel (Pearl Editions, 1990). She has won the Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship in Poetry from the South Carolina Academy of Authors (2011), the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize (2006), the Yemassee Poetry Prize (2003), and a South Carolina Arts Commission Literary Fellowship (1999). She lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.